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This Day in Georgia History

February 03, 1824

Tige Anderson Born

Future Confederate general George Thomas “Tige” Anderson was born in Covington, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War, and again from 1855 to 1858. After Georgia seceded, Anderson became a colonel in the 11th Georgia, commanding a brigade during the Seven Days Campaign and the battles of Second Manassaas and Sharpsburg. In Nov. 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general, commanding his own brigade in Hood’s Division at the battles of Fredericksburg, Suffolk, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Knoxville. Anderson’s brigade was transferred to Field’s Division for the battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. His brigade was present at Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. After the war, Anderson became a freight agent, police chief, and a tax collector. He died Apr. 4, 1901 in Anniston, Alabama.